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Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to remain in ED custody till September 17

The judge told the ED that it should take care of Shivakumar's medical requirements first and only then ask him questions.

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Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar will remain in custody until September 17 after a Delhi court agreed to the plea sought by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, on September 13, extended Shivakumar's custodial interrogation after the ED sought a 5-day extension of his custody.

The judge told the ED that it should take care of Shivakumar's medical requirements first and only then ask him questions.

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Shivakumar, arrested on September 3 by the ED in a money laundering case, was produced before a Delhi court on the expiry of his 9-day custodial interrogation.

The probe agency told the court that Shivakumar, 57, was evasive and gave irrelevant answers during the interrogation, and many of his properties are 'benami'.

"As per the probe against Shivakumar, tainted money is more than Rs 200 crore and there is Rs 800 crore worth 'benami' property," said Additional Solicitor General K M Natraj, representing the ED.

The ED needs to confront him with voluminous documents it has collected so far in the case, he said and claimed that Shivakumar was withholding information which was solely in his knowledge.

To this, the judge said, "I am sure he won't answer questions in the next five days either. Why do you need his custody".

The ASG replied that there are statements by some other accused and Shivakumar needs to be confronted with them.

Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Shivakumar, opposed ED's plea for further custodial interrogation and said the Congress leader's medical condition is very serious and he must be in hospital and that he is suffering from high blood pressure.

Shivakumar has been in custody since September 3 and today is the 10th day, the counsel said, adding that he must be given active medical assistance.

"Just because there is power to give remand for 15 days, does not mean that it should be granted," the counsel contended while opposing agency's plea seeking further custodial interrogation.

Singhvi told the court that ED has not filed reply on Shivakumar's bail plea yet.

"I am a law-abiding citizen," Shivakumar's counsel told the court, which said he will get the best hospital facilities whenever he wants.

"You have the right to not file a reply but you can't claim automatic remand," Singhvi told the court.

He further said that Shivakumar's 22-year-old daughter Aishwarya was also interrogated by the ED.

"I have nothing to hide. If you want to interrogate me, you can call me for interrogation anytime," he told the court.

With inputs from PTI

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First Published on Sep 13, 2019 07:15 pm
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